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Steve Edmonds Band Sydney Harbour Cruise

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by Monique Hartman (subscribe)
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A floating fantasy for old-school rock & guitar fiends

Last weekend didn't present the ideal conditions for a Sydney Harbour cruise. The last days of winter were making themselves known with chilly winds, grey skies, and rain so light and sharp it could have been mistaken for snow.

As my cruise guest and I waited for the 'Rhythm Boat' to dock at Pyrmont Ferry terminal, we shivered, and anticipated warm relief from watery winds.

Once on board, we met with old friends, and the star of the day: legendary Australian blues guitarist, Steve Edmonds.

Steve has performed alongside Australian musical royalty including Renee Geyer, Jimmy Barnes, and Delta Goodrem. Now a rock legend in his own right, he has a reputation as one of the hardest working and dedicated musicians in the country. His support musicians are no jokers either. Rarely are an audience given the pleasure of the tight and cool rhythm section of bassist Mark Marxon and drummer James Dennett, both of whom are shining young talents that we are sure to hear more from.

Once a quarter, Steve and his talented trio host a Sydney Harbour Cruise complete with a tasty lunch, flowing booze, and an intimate, three hour set of jaw-dropping musical talent.

With the harbour as the backdrop, Steve opened with a slow groove that had the diverse crowd swaying and shoulder dancing as we ordered drinks and settled into the floating venue.

After lunch, and a gradual crescendo of blues, funk, soul and rock, the band had the sold-out boat rocking to classic covers from Jimmy Hendrix to the Red Hot Chili Peppers to AC/DC.

People were dancing, laughing, and grooving on the inside dance floor, and on the open deck, visibly unperturbed by the weather. The energy was electric, fun, and free.

If you appreciate great music, and seek a unique way of experiencing it, you can't go passed rocking out on Sydney's famous harbour.

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Why? Rockin' on a boat
When: Quarterly (see website for details)
Where: Sydney Harbour (Pyrmont)
Cost: $60 pp
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